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This report seeks to provide a 10-year update of what it could mean for New Zealand’s criminal justice system to look Beyond the Prison Gate. It is released on the cusp of 2017, a year of particular significance because it marks the deadline for the Government’s Better Public Services target to reduce the composite reoffending rate by 25%—a target that looks increasingly out of our grasp. 2017 also marks the year in which New Zealand’s prison population is likely to reach a record muster of 10,000 inmates, prompting further spending on New Zealand’s prisons with a price tag in the billions.
The report looks at the experiences of past inmates for a first-hand look at how the system impacts those who have been released and how things might be improved. It argues the system is failing prisoners and the public.